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Philip Ansel Roll, the credited co-writer of the film's screenplay, was a pseudonym for blacklisted screenwriter Hugo Butler. This film was produced in Mexico in English and Spanish versions, both of which were viewed. The film's title in Spanish-speaking countries was Robinson Crusoe.
There are differences between the credits of the English and Spanish versions: The Spanish version credits Daniel Defoe's novel as the source material, while the English version does not mention Defoe; in the Spanish version, the music is credited to Luis Hernndez Bretn "based upon original themes by Anthony Collins," while the English version gives sole music credit to Collins; and actor Jos Chvez [Trowe] is billed above Emilio Garibay and Chel Lpez. Additionally, in the Spanish version, Jess Gonzlez Gancy is credited with music recording while Javier Mateos and Galdino Samperio are credited with dialogue recording and re-recording, respectively. Modern Mexican sources add producer scar Dancigers' company, "Ultramar Films," to the credits.
According to a October 28, 1953 Variety news item, associate producer and attorney Henry F. Ehrlich raised partial funding for the production by organizing a group of North American investors which included a fellow attorney, an ad agency head, an industrialist, a concert manager, a distillery executive, a publicist and an import-export business excecutive. A New York Times article of September 14, 1952 reported that the final cost of both versions would be $350,000 and that if the film had been a Hollywood production it would have cost $1,000,000.
In advertising for the film's U.S. release, Henry Ehrlich shared Producer credit with Dancigers, while Dancigers had sole credit in Mexican advertising. The Mexican release took place a year after the U.S. release and after the film had been well received in the rest of the world. Daniel O'Herlihy was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actor category. In the Spanish version of the film, O'Herlihy's dialogue was dubbed by Mexican actor Claudio Brook.
Among the numerous screen adaptations of Defoe's novel are Robinson Crusoe (1916) starring Robert Patton Gibbs (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20), Mr. Robinson Crusoe (1932) starring Douglas Fairbanks and directed by Edward Sutherland (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) starring Paul Mantee and directed by Byron Haskin (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70), Man Friday (1975) starring Peter O'Toole and directed by Jack Gold and Crusoe (1988) starring Aidan Quinn and directed by Caleb Deschanel.